Simon Davis-Cohen

A Billionaire-Backed 'Movement' Is Dangerously Close to Calling a Constitutional Convention

A billionaire-backed “movement” is dangerously close to calling a constitutional convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. If realized, it would be the first constitutional convention since the 1787 Philadelphia Convention, which replaced the Articles of Confederation with the U.S. Constitution.

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Corporate America Is Inching Even Closer to a Constitutional Convention

During a Colorado Springs rally on Oct. 18, 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump announced, “The time for congressional term limits has finally arrived.” For many, it was one of Trump’s more moderate proclamations. Term limits don’t sound like such a bad idea.

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Democracy and Climate at Stake as Ohio Citizens Clash With State Secretary in Fight to Ban Fracking

For years, local Ohioans have been told by courts and elected officials that they have no control over fracking—"it is a matter of state law.”

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The Loophole That Lets Cops Stop, Question and Search You for No Good Reason

Checkpoints occupy a unique position in the American justice system. At these roadside stations, where police question drivers in search of the inebriated or “illegal," anyone can be stopped and questioned, regardless of probable cause, violating the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “general warrants” that do not specify the who/what/where/why of a search or seizure. Though the Supreme Court agrees that checkpoints skirt the Fourth Amendment, the Court has been clear that the “special needs” checkpoints serve, like traffic safety and immigration enforcement, trump the “slight” intrusions on motorists’ rights.

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Stretching During a Jog Is "Suspicious Activity"? America's "Counterrorism" Efforts Out of Control

Thirteen years after the attacks on the World Trade Center, the amorphous and costly war on terror continues unabated. But now we aren’t just worried about threats from overseas. Republican House leaders, the media and the intelligence community have fixated on a new menace: so-called homegrown terrorists. As global intelligence firm Stratfor put it in a July headline, “Domestic Terrorism Is No Joke.”

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Why Corporate 'Negative Speech Rights' Is as Dangerous as Corporate Free Speech

We all know about political free speech. With a few exceptions, you can say what you want, whether people listen or not. But corporations have twisted the First Amendment to claim that their free speech rights as “people” also means that they cannot be forced by government to put warning labels on their packaging. An established and growing body of law elevates private marketing above public health warnings.

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